ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A loss to one of the top 10 programs in the nation knocked Michigan football out of the AP Top 25.
Michigan’s three-game winning streak ended Saturday with a 24-10 loss at Wisconsin, which eliminated the Wolverines from contention for the Big Ten East Division title.
Michigan also lost quarterback Brandon Peters to an unspecified injury, and Peters’ return is unclear.
Previous rankings (AP/Amway Coaches Poll): 19/18
New rankings (AP/Amway Coaches Poll): NR/NR
What it means: The Wolverines needed a win over a highly ranked opponent in order to continue their upwards climb in the national polls and in the College Football Playoff top 25 rankings. Instead, Wisconsin capitalized on the loss of Michigan’s quarterback and used substantial offensive plays in the second half to rally from a 10-7 deficit for the win.
Wisconsin showed why it is a clutch team and not simply an overwhelming team. The Wolverines showed that they remain in a developmental phase, especially with its younger players. Michigan’s wins have all been against teams that currently have losing records.
Now, the Wolverines face another daunting opponent in Ohio State. Third-year Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh could beat the Buckeyes, earn a signature win and help push the Wolverines further up into the national rankings.
What’s next: Michigan plays in its regular-season finale at noon Saturday against Ohio State at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.